1 » New England Patriots defensive tackle Dominique Easley is one of seven first-round selections in the 2014 NFL Draft who has not yet signed with his team. According to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe, Easley and the Patriots are haggling over injury language in his contract, a sensible hangup considering he is coming off of a college career in which he suffered two torn ACLs. Easley also made the news last week for spending a weekend this month at a football camp held at Princeton by Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. Easley, as it turns out, attended the camp five years ago and wanted to give back. “The Easley story is a really good story,” Garrett told the Dallas Morning News. “He’s talked to the kids, and when he stands up there as the 29th pick of the first round and says, ‘I sat in that seat five years ago, so don’t tell me that you can’t do this.’” As it turns out, he’s pretty successful at the camp as the paper notes he won the team football event both as a player and in his first year as a coach.
2 » If you want to hear Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons discuss fashion for 17 minutes, you can do so by checking out the video below.
3 » Now-former Florida Gators swimmer Elizabeth Beisel, who captured a silver (400-meter individual medley) and bronze (200-meter backstroke) at the 2012 London Olympics, graduated this spring and was finally able to sign with a sponsor. Like many great swimmers, she chose Speedo, which she will likely retain all the way through the 2016 Rio Olympics where she will look to become the next great American Olympian in the pool. This is how she announced her new deal, with plenty of Gators references.
4 » Entering the final year of his rookie contract, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert is hoping to remain with the team on a new deal but does not have anything coming down the pike right now. Despite having started 35 games during his three years in the NFL and playing exceedingly well in most of those contests, Gilbert will only make $815,000 in his final season in Pittsburgh unless the team happens to reach out to him before the start of the 2014 campaign. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Gilbert will get paid wherever he winds up in 2015 when he will likely command $4-5 million per season on a four- or five-year contract. “[A new contract is] nothing I’m worried about,” Gilbert told the paper. “My agent is working on that right now. He’s looking into it. I just want to go out there and play. I’m just here to play football.”
5 » The declaration made by former Florida head coach Urban Meyer about the 2008 Gators being the best team in college football history has picked up steam since OnlyGators.com wrote about it over the weekend. Check out this screen grab from ESPN looking at all the Florida players drafted from that team.
Urban Meyer believes the '08 Gators were the best college football team ever… Agree or Disagree? pic.twitter.com/yNj88iFHoZ
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) June 17, 2014
6 » Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem turned down a huge contract offer from the Dallas Mavericks a few years ago to take significantly less money ($15 million less, in fact) and stay in his hometown playing for Miami. Now near the end of his career with his payday opportunities drastically reduced, it appears as if Haslem is finally ready to get what he deserves. According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Haslem plans to opt into his $4.62 million player option for the 2014-15 season…unless the Heat come back and offer him a multi-year guaranteed deal that would keep him paid by Miami for the foreseeable future. The Heat have done this before with some of their other veterans, like Alonzo Mourning, keeping them on the payroll but switching their roles from players to front office executives. Miami could offer Haslem, for example, a four-year deal worth $10 million, guaranteeing the 34-year-old twice as much money overall but saving the team $2 million against the cap next season.
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